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The Rocket [Blu-ray] [2013]

4.4 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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  • Directors: Kim MORDAUNT
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: Lao
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eureka
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun. 2014
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I8MQTJ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,921 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Laos: A ten year old boy, Ahlo, who is believed to bring bad luck, is blamed for a string of disasters. When his family loses their home and are forced to move, Ahlo meets the spirited orphan Kia and her eccentric uncle Purple: an ex-soldier with a purple suit, a rice-wine habit and a fetish for James Brown. Struggling to hang on to his father s trust, Ahlo leads his family, Purple and Kia through a land scarred by war in search of a new home. In a last plea to try and prove he s not cursed, Ahlo builds a giant explosive rocket to enter the most lucrative but dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. As the most bombed country in the world shoots back at the sky, a boy will reach to the heavens for forgiveness.

Gripping yet heart-warming, The Rocket is a deeply personal story about the determination of a boy who has the odds stacked against him, set against the epic backdrop of a war-ravaged country on the brink of huge change. With remarkable access to real rituals and festivities in the stunning mountains of Laos, The Rocket is a unique view into a world never seen on film before.

Written and directed by Kim Mordaunt ( Bomb Harvest), The Rocket features an extraordinary leading performance from gutsy former street kid Sitthiphon Disamoe as Ahlo, and veteran actor and comedian Thep Phongam as the damaged but humorous Purple, an ex-soldier who becomes mentor to the young protagonist.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Original UK Theatrical Trailer
  • The Making of The Rocket, a behind the scenes look at the film
  • Director Commentary with Kim Mordaunt
REVIEWS:
  • truly an extraordinary movie...powerful, inspiring...a must-see for all the lovers of indie cinema, especially those who think they ve seen it all. 5 stars The Upcoming (UK)
  • Enthralling and evocative Screen Daily (US)
  • one of the truly special films of the year Unseen Films (US)
  • Endearing, gripping and heart-warming Indiewire
  • Impossible to resist Film.com (US)
  • So moving and deeply personal... The two children, Sitthiphon Disamoe and Loungnam Kaosainam, are just spectacular. GALO Magazine (US)
  • Captivating...a total crowd-pleaser, deserving of its wild praise CinemaBlend (US)
  • A wonderfully executed film, with a gripping story driven by colourful, lovable characters Washington Square News (US)

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Beautiful film, very well acted with stunning cinematography. It starts with tragedy and slowly builds up to a positive conclusion which is very heartwarming. All the actors were very good, but I really liked the little girl's rockster uncle, Purple - the dedicated James Brown fan; quite incongruous, but very funny and with a great deal of pathos too. The rocket competition is absolutely spectacular and a fitting finale to a very special film.
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This Dvd is black and white - a great film, very dissappointed that it wasn't in colour. Wish I'd returned it
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This is a film that was made by Australians with the financial assistance of Screen Australia but is set in Laos. It tells the story of ten year old Ahlo. He was born as a twin, his sibling not surviving birth. In his tribe twins are seen as one being good luck and the other being bad - his grandmother decides that he is the bad luck one and thinks he should die.

His mother loves him and he grows up but the curse of his bad luck taints everything. So every misfortune can be related to him. Then the authorities turn up to build a new dam and they have to leave their ancestral home. What follows is a trip across beautiful Laos, a land that is still riddled with ordnance and the scars of the Vietnam War.

Ahlo finally thinks he might be able to prove he isn't cursed when he sees an opportunity to enter the rocket competition of a town. This town awards a big cash prize to the best rocket - in the hope it will please the gods and make it rain.

The journey that they all go on will feature adventures with electricity, malaria, unexploded bombs and Laos' answer to James Brown. This film is one that has at its core a very positive message, but the road is a very rocky and my heart went out to Ahlo and his friends and family on a number of occasions. Writer and director Kim Mordaunt has made a film to be proud of and it is Australia's official entry for an Academy Award 2014 for best foreign language film. In Lao with good sub titles and a run time of 96 minutes, this is a film it is very easy to recommend indeed.
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Excellent film made in a very beautiful country. Bomb Harvest is also a great movie from Kim Mordaunt and very informative.
I have often witnessed the work of MAG (Mines Advisory Group) and other similar organizations in Laos.
Such a spectacular country and friendly people. Unfortunately it could still take over 100 years before all the UXO, cluster munitions and Agent Orange is dealt with. Hopefully with the help of these 2 movies awareness may speed up the process of making the country safe.
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Wonderful film ! On a par with Slum Dog Millionaire. Deserves a lot more exposure and recognition. If you have ever been to the part of the world and perhaps speak a little Lao or Thai it will have an extra special resonance. Very important also for highlighting the ecological catastrophe unfolding as a result of hydro-electric dam projects on the Mekong (in reality perpetrated by mainly Chinese or Sino -Thai consortiums). A very important film for Thep Phongam, hopefully he'll do more like this.
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This film searches for personal salvation while painting a portrait of Lao culture that's both revealing and relatable. Highly recommended.
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Great film
I don't think we can ever really grasp what it's like to loose your home (twice), or be a child soldier or at the mercy of tribal dispute.
This gives a childs view of difficult issues within a simple, fun yet plausible story line.
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A very entertaining film that holds the interest start to finish, a touch sad in parts, but, mainly most amusing, certainly not the usual run of the mill.
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